Micro Dosing with Melatonin- Spring Update

If you’re new here, I’ve been micro dosing with melatonin to ease my S.A.D symptoms, since ooohhh, the day I felt Autumn in the air. Around July 29, 2019 I think. I take .5 mg of melatonin in the late afternoon every day and write about my progress! If you’re interested in previous posts you can find them here, here, and here.

Spring! It’s been “spring” for a bit now.

At first, I really thought my “data” had been ruined by this pandemic.

When we hit Spring on March 19, 2020 we were well in the midst of this particular shit show and I was not feeling so good. I was anxious and just starting to slip into the blues.

BUT, in February when the pandemic was all but a ghost ship on the horizon, I was feeling just fine.

I wasn’t feeling any of the effects of S.A.D at all. Not a thing! I was clear and alert and…normal. What was also normal was the way I was feeling in the midst of a global pandemic.

It wouldn’t be fair to blame the slight case of blahs I felt in March on S.A.D.

Especially when said blues have poofed off into nothingness. People in the know are fully aware that S.A.D never just poofs off.

So ya know, I’m just going to call it: Melatonin works like a hot damn on my Seasonal Affective Disorder. It has successfully helped me through the long dark months and I’ll be doing it again next year. This time I’m going to start it earlier…closer to the Summer Solstice. July felt a little late…like I had to play catch up before feeling the positive benefits.

Some other things I’ve learned:

It’s not a magic cure, you still have to do the work. Practice good self care, mind your thoughts and be consistent with your dose.

Taking melatonin in the later months when your body doesn’t need it as much is going to be a whole different experience. I started taking my dose later because it wasn’t dark at 4pm and I found that it was making me very sleepy, very early. When this happens, it’s time to stop micro dosing. But listen to YOUR OWN BODY, not what I tell you to do. Your results will vary.

Do your own research on all of this yourself too. Don’t just listen to me. Make sure such a thing is right for you. Your doctor and Google – look for quality research papers- are your friend.

I still take melatonin in the evening if I notice my sleep getting wonky. I think this is just as important as the micro dosing and I should have been doing this all along. Good sleep is important to your mental health.

There you have it 🙂 I think every year is going to be different and I’m probably going to learn new things as I go along still but I feel confident that micro dosing with melatonin is a great helper in my mental health toolbox.

Have you tried micro dosing? How did it work for you?

Unique Flavours – Lays From China

One of my favourite things to do is wander around T&T Supermarket looking at all the cool things not sold in my every day supermarket. They have the BEST produce and their noodle selection makes me drool. I always go in there without taking a cart and I always wind up at the check out, arms overflowing with stuff, ha ha. It’s a great store full of yummy things!

One of my other favourite things are Lay’s Potato Chips!

I’m basically married to Classic Lay’s but I do step out sometimes with other flavours, my favourite so far being the limon version I found in Arizona. Mmmmmm, Limon….

T&T carries a few Lay’s flavours and this time I tried:

Cucumber. Numb & Spicy Hot Pot Flavour. Wasabi!

All three bags were made in China and as you can see, feature some pretty interesting flavours. Cucumber. What?! I never would have thought!

I tried the Hot Pot version first and they were delicious! Think the best possible ramen noodle flavouring packet on chips. They were spicy too which always earns my respect because so often a product claims to be spicy but is only mild – I’m looking at you McDonald’s- These were a win.

Next up- Cucumber. When I bought them I wondered ” Are these really cucumber or are they pickles?” Nope. Really cucumber. Really strongly flavoured cucumber! And sweet. The coating on the outside was sweet. Like almost dessert sweet! I wasn’t expecting that. Our chips in Canada tend to be salty. And the funny thing about these chips…I got cucumber burps after. That was wild…I finished the whole bag – a very generous serving- but I wouldn’t buy them again. The sweetness threw me off. BUT they were not horrible. Just not to my taste.

Lastly, Wasabi. I LOOOOVE wasabi. Not only is it delicious, the real stuff is grown in an intriguing way:

So! The chips! They tasted like wasabi, the flavour profile was true and pronounced but the heat, that nose clearing quality just wasn’t there. AAAAND they had that same sweet coating as the cucumber chips did. I still ate the whole bag, ha ha ha but I wouldn’t buy these again. I’m definitely a salty gal 😉

T&T also carries BBQ Eel and Lime varieties. I’m keen on the Lime version. I know I run the risk of buying sweet chips again but a part of me is really curious about that with the lime…

Happy Munching!

Gingerbread Everything.

Breakfast time

Quinoa flakes? Check!

Pomegranate? Check!

Almonds? Check!

Delicious Gingerbread Truffle from Purdy’s? CHECK!!

I’m obsessed with all things Gingerbread this holiday season and life is damn tasty.

You need yourself some tasty too! Luckily I’ve done extensive research and have come up with three offerings you may like!

As I mentioned Purdy’s makes a Gingerbread Truffle:

Aren’t they darling!? Look at those wee gingerbreads…SQUEEE! The flavour is complex and they’ve got little crispy bits all throughout the soft and luscious truffle centre. They come in milk chocolate and dark -if you choose the dark, you’re also getting anti oxidants!) and are totally worth the $12.00 you’ll pay for them.

I also bought their eggnog truffles…meh. Actually…ick! I didn’t read the fine print when I ordered them because I thought- Oh eggnog, they’ll taste like that!- Yeah….more like rum and eggnog. I hate rum! Oh well, live and learn.

The Hubs ordered Sweet Georgia Browns and oh my GODDESS, those are a thing of joy and beauty. I made him take them to work with him because I didn’t trust myself not eat all his treats, ha!

The first gingerbread yum I ate this season was a treat most unusual:

Handmade by Sweet Chaos, this spiced kettle corn with icing drizzle can be found at Save On Foods. The frosting drizzle makes this! The popcorn is well made, soft and lightly spiced and then you get one with a bit of that drizzle and OH MY. The contrast between wet and dry is really fun to eat.

Next on our list is Ritter Sport Spiced Biscuit:

Mmmmm. It doesn’t say Gingerbread but this is Gingerbread. The chocolate coating is gingerbread spiced, the cookie is like a spiced Digestive biscuit and the mousse is gingerbready too. I can’t remember what I paid for this-I do remember it was higher than I normally would- but in the end, totally worth it. The flavour is a little bit fancier than the usual gingerbread we’re used to. It’d be worth checking out just for that.

What is your favourite flavour this season?

Knorr One Skillet Meals -Mediterranean Lemon Chicken w/ Barley – Review.

Knorr came out with something that caught my eye awhile ago. One skillets meals. They intrigued me because A. I’m a lazy ass and one skillet cooking is my jam. B. They use interesting grains like Barley and Quinoa.

My grocery store had them on sale so I picked up two offerings and finally got around to making one!

Behold! Mediterranean Lemon Chicken with Barley

These are meal starters so you’ve got to provide and add your own things. For this one those things are chicken, spinach and carrots.

To start I sliced my carrots- more than the recipe called for because Mmmm, carrots!- and set them aside.

Next I cut up my chicken and browned it in oil. The package tells you to coat your chicken in flour before frying it but I was like “nah” so I skipped this part.

Once my chicken had some colour, I added the carrots and package mix plus the recommended water -2 cups- and I brought the whole thing to a boil. I gave the lot a final stir, covered it up then turned the heat to medium low and let it simmer away for a little over 20 mins.

When the time was up, I chucked in the fresh spinach, covered it back up and took it off the heat. When my greens were wilted to my liking I stirred them in and served the whole thing up, after a quick seasoning of salt and pepper.

HOLY LEMON!

They weren’t kidding about the lemon. That’s pretty much all I could taste. I had to add extra salt just to cut the sourness a bit. It wasn’t horrible by any means but the lemon was very pronounced. It over powered everything.

So if you like lemon, this is a dish for you.

When I had it the next day, the citrus smack upside the head had mellowed and then I was finally able to truly enjoy the dish. I ate it with gusto and it turned out to be pretty tasty on day two.

The ingredients aren’t too bad at all:

and it was simple enough to make. It might be a fun way to introduce a younger person to cooking and if you’re exhausted from work and don’t want to cook much but also don’t want to eat garbage, this would be a decent option too.

I’m looking forward to trying the other one I bought. Look for it here next! Steak & Peppers. Brown Rice and Quinoa.

Happy Eating!

Ain’t No Shame, In My Game!

We can blame thank a pregnant lady for this tasty combination! I would be remiss in sharing it with you because while some might cringe, they who set aside their judgements will be in HAPPY LAND indeed!

First you grab a bag of salty pretzels:

Photo by Lisa Fotios on Pexels.com

Theeeeen, you grab a can of vanilla frosting. Yes, you read that right.

Have you guessed where I’m going with this? YES, YOU SMARTY PANTS YOU!

You dip your salted pretzels in the frosting and it is fucking divine.

One would think…”Ew! Too sweet!” But au contraire mon ami! The salty pretzels cut straight through the sugar. The fat – GLORIOUS FAT – in the frosting leaves you feeling satisfied too. A few bites will do ya good.

Enjoy!

Lunch @ Donna’s

Behold! The Daily Lunch Special @ Donna’s Eatery!

Cheese bun, mustard, mayo, cheese, corned beef, tomato, cucumber, sprouts, lettuce, spicy peppers, red onion!

This my friends is a Corned Beef Sandwich with all the fixins and as you can clearly see, it’s HUGE! I could only eat half of it.

It comes with a choice of soup- Chicken & Rice or Cream of Broccoli- and that’s HUGE too! It was really rich and creamy. Silky too.

I scarfed it down even though I knew I’d never be able to finish my sandwich. Really though, I wouldn’t have been able to finish my sandwich anyway.

Hubs chose their famous Clubhouse Sandwich -and fries- and he really enjoyed that too.

All sandwiches come with a large fermented pickle spear and while a wee bit pricy- our lunch cost us forty two dollars, including drinks- I think it’s good value for your dollar. Our sandwiches were made with care and attention using fresh ingredients and you certainly won’t feel hungry once you’re done!

Red Swan Pizza Review

There’s a new pizza place in town and I keep seeing their ads and then I got ahold of their menu and knew I had to give them a try! Red Swan Pizza.

They have such offerings as: Spicy Paneer “Spicy Cottage Cheese, Onion, Green Peppers, Tomato, Jalapeno, Pizza Sauce And Mozzarella Cheese ” and Butter Chicken “Butter Chicken, Onions, Green Peppers, Pizza Sauce & Mozzarella Cheese” and Tandoori Chicken ” Tandoori Chicken, Mushrooms, Red Onions, Green Peppers, Pizza Sauce, Jalapeno & Mozzarella Cheese” amongst just a few!

This time the Hubs and I chose a Hawaiian for him and the Coriander Chili Chicken for me. Mine was described as having fresh green coriander, marinated chicken, onion, green pepper and mozza cheese.

I was super excited to give it a try! (And super hungry too which is why I didn’t take any photos of the whole pie, ha ha ) But when it came … right away I could tell things were off. It just looked like one big red mass on top of one very thin crust.

Ok, fine. Not everything is going to look beautiful. And yes, while the photos on their website and flyer menu are so inviting, we all know the reality can be different, right?

We both dove right in anyway and it took about three bites before I started to get any flavour in mine.

“Meh” was my assessment. There was absolutely nothing special about it. I actually felt ripped off. The chicken tasted off. Not… bad, just off. Like chicken you’d get in a frozen meal. It had that taste and texture. There was absolutely NO fresh coriander anywhere to be seen or taste and while the sauce the chicken was in, was barely warm -in the spicy sense- there was no sign of chili, either. I was SO disappointed! This could have been such a great pie! The idea is a great one ( and I’m going to make my own just so I can experience it how I want it to be) but it was very, very, VERY poorly executed.

The Hub’s Hawaiian pizza was much the same. Underwhelming. The ham was just lardons of fat and the pineapple were dried out shards of no substance. And , in what I think was the worst crime of it all : both pies were really skimpy on the cheese. Not cool man! Especially when we paid 42 dollars for two pies!

One thing I did like: The sesame seeds on the edge of the crust. That was an interesting twist.

All in all, I would not order from them again.

A person would be better off to go to Pizza 73.

Hell, a person would be better of to go to Little Caesar’s and get one of their Hot and Ready Pies.

And that’s all I have to say about that!